Welcome to the Better Ballot Bulletin. Here you will find important updates in the world of instant runoff voting and events to attend that help spread the word of IRV in SC.
Better Ballot SC Events
Pitch Training: June 28, 7pm. We'll be focusing on tip and tricks related to the the growing Republican primary field.
Canvassing at the Soda City Market: July 1, 10am. Put those newly honed skills to work and let's gather supporters!
Quarterly Meeting of the Board: July 19, 7:30pm. We will be conducting usual business. If you are interested in speaking, please email us at [email protected]
Statewide Strategy Call: July 26, 7pm. Join us to recap the quarter and discuss the future. We have lots coming up. RSVP today. We're going *hybrid* again! If you're near Columbia, join us in person. If not, join us via Zoom. Location: Beef O'Brady's
Other Events to Know About
Braver Angels: Common Ground-Ensuring Trustworthy Elections In person event, Sat Jun 24 12pm. Furman University. RSVP here.
Looking to get involved before then? Contact us at [email protected]
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Introduced by Representatives Neal Collins (R-5) and Dr Jermaine Johnson (D-70)
This bill will give municipalities the option of using instant runoff voting in elections. The regular 2023 legislative is over, but that does NOT mean the effort is. We will be doubling our efforts to find more supporters. We need to gather more support so that we can push it even further next session!
We are actively looking for cosponsors for this municipal option bill. The best way to do this is to sit down with legislatures and have a conversation with them about the benefits of IRV.
We know that talking to our legislators can be intimidating. If you would like to meet with your elected officials or have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]. We can provide support and guidance.
Municipal Resolutions of Support
We have the support of the Municipal Association of South Carolina, but we want individual municipalities to show their support of this great electoral reform.
When the elected officials who will be most affected by this new option are supportive, it will go a long way to show the legislature that this should be passed.
The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce has joined our coalition in support of instant runoff voting/ranked choice voting.
They are actively looking for businesses to sign on and show their support. If you are a business owner or know one, please sign the petition.
News in Instant Runoff Voting
Letters: Ranked Choice Voting would force candidates to campaign in all states: Post & Courier
Webinar Recap: Women Win With Ranked Choice Voting: FairVote
Ranked Choice Voting made the Mini: Gamer Journalist
Competing for the same City Council seat in Harlem, two candidates endorse each other: Gothamist
How Single Member Districts Are Weakening the Foundations of American Democracy & Policy Options for Reform ft. Grant Tudor: Politics is Everything (UVA)
Are you looking for a flyer to hang up at your local community board? Or maybe something to handout to people? Check out our Printables!
We have an easy way to get involved! Sign our petition! Show your support of instant runoff voting by signing and sharing. Remember to share it to your social media!
Did you know that there are Better Ballot SC Facebook groups for your county? Join yours today to help build the movement in your backyard
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